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Stretching Text to fit shape?

Sep 20, 2014, 09:29
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Stretching Text to fit shape?
I'm trying to stretch text to fill a shape, sort of like this example. This would be a different way that Text to Path, and I know you can free form stretch the object. But is there a simple way to evenly stretch the text to fill the semi circles?

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Sep 21, 2014, 19:02
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RE: Stretching Text to fit shape?
(Sep 20, 2014 10:14)ofnuts Wrote:  http://gimpscripts.com/2011/10/warped-text/

Thanks. I tried it out but since it is only a 4 corner thing, you can't really warp the text to fit into say, a semi circle, like the soccer ball image. Any other ideas?
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Sep 21, 2014, 19:37
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RE: Stretching Text to fit shape?
(Sep 21, 2014 19:02)airmanskee Wrote:  
(Sep 20, 2014 10:14)ofnuts Wrote:  http://gimpscripts.com/2011/10/warped-text/

Thanks. I tried it out but since it is only a 4 corner thing, you can't really warp the text to fit into say, a semi circle, like the soccer ball image. Any other ideas?

You can not make a perfect semi-circle, 2 sides will be flat.

Make a template and draw the appropriate side as close to a circle as you can.
You need to form the top and bottom separately, then merge the paths if you want.

[Image: SKychbq.jpg]

I had a font that is close to your example, have a search for atrox.ttf

The alternative is Inkscape and a envelope deform, even more complicated for a beginner.

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Sep 21, 2014, 19:47
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RE: Stretching Text to fit shape?
(Sep 21, 2014 19:37)rich2005 Wrote:  
(Sep 21, 2014 19:02)airmanskee Wrote:  
(Sep 20, 2014 10:14)ofnuts Wrote:  http://gimpscripts.com/2011/10/warped-text/

Thanks. I tried it out but since it is only a 4 corner thing, you can't really warp the text to fit into say, a semi circle, like the soccer ball image. Any other ideas?

You can not make a perfect semi-circle, 2 sides will be flat.

Make a template and draw the appropriate side as close to a circle as you can.
You need to form the top and bottom separately, then merge the paths if you want.

[Image: SKychbq.jpg]

I had a font that is close to your example, have a search for atrox.ttf

The alternative is Inkscape and a envelope deform, even more complicated for a beginner.

example file attached.

Thanks. I have worked with InkScape before and yes, you can use the Envelope Deform but as you said, you have to hand tweak the nodes to fit. And getting them to be uniform is difficult.

Is there any way to close the gaps between the font letters? Like a way to adjust the spacing? Or will I just have to do that by hand?
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Sep 21, 2014, 19:54
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RE: Stretching Text to fit shape?
(Sep 21, 2014 19:47)airmanskee Wrote:  Is there any way to close the gaps between the font letters? Like a way to adjust the spacing? Or will I just have to do that by hand?

I spaced the letters out in the source text, try rendering some with the text closed up a little.

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Sep 21, 2014, 20:00
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RE: Stretching Text to fit shape?
Awesome thanks. Any links to "how tos" to add the script to my Gimp? Is it just like adding a font to GIMP? I have the font I wanna use already, downloaded the script you linked. Just have to add it in now.
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Sep 21, 2014, 20:10
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RE: Stretching Text to fit shape?
It is a straight forward .scm script.
Goes in your Gimp 'profile' for MS it is
C:\Users\your-name\.gimp-2.8\scripts
You will find the entry in Filters -> Distorts -> Warp Text (I think, packing in for the night and this is from my net-book.)

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Sep 21, 2014, 21:30 (This post was last modified: Sep 21, 2014 21:39 by airmanskee.)
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RE: Stretching Text to fit shape?
Not sure if I am doing it right. All I ended up getting was it creating a path around the font. Took forever, and just created a path outline of "SOCCER". Is it supposed to do that, or am I missing a step somewhere?

EDIT: Scratch that. I think I figured it out.
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Sep 21, 2014, 23:23
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RE: Stretching Text to fit shape?
Alright.

Any idea why it is making the letters taller and more oblong than what my original path was drawn to be?

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Sep 21, 2014, 23:27
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RE: Stretching Text to fit shape?
Thanks.. As soon as I posted that reply up, it smashed it all back down to fit into the path. That worked great, the R on the end ended up a little smashed in, so going to try to tweak the font size to see if that helps.
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